Best of The Gazette, Feb. 11: Rough roads, sexting and giant kites
The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:
Kids will be kids, but what about kids with smartphones? The handheld devices have taken communications to a new level. In less than a minute, young people can send nude photos to each other, as happened in a 2012 case investigated by Janesville police. The consequences of such actions can last a lifetime, officials warn.
Winter weather this season is wreaking havoc on area roads. Local municipalities have had to compete with below zero temperatures, frequent snowfalls and blowing and drifting snow, leaving a rumble-strip feeling on many roadways. So what exactly is happening to the roads that is transmitting every road wrinkle to a driver's backside? Local experts offered some explanations.
Last Wednesday, Janesville Craig High senior Isaiah Berghammer submitted his letter of intent to attend Wayne State University in Nebraska and play football. By Thursday morning, his signing was mentioned on national radio and ESPN. Nothing against Berghammer, but the popularity of his commitment had nothing to do with his football ability, Sports columnist Tom Miller writes. Instead, it had everything to do with his nickname.
For four decades, outdoors columnist Ted Peck has worked as an outdoor writer and professional fishing guide, which gives him a unique perspective into the evolution of the sport fishing industry. And it has undergone quite an evolution from the honorable institution it once was. This story starts just after World War II. With time and money to spend, Americans picked up rods and started fishing for sport.
Black babies die at a rate of 17 per 1,000 births in Beloit, compared to 14 statewide. Before Janesville shrugs this off as a Beloit problem, consider this: The death rate among African-American infants is much higher in Janesville—33 out of every 1,000 born, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.
Newspapers and their websites have two types of content, news and advertising, and never the twain shall meet. If only it was that simple, Gazette Editor Scott Angus writes. But it's important for newspaper staffers to draw a line between the two and respect it.
Here's something cool: a 150-foot-long, 50-foot-wide kite shaped like an octopus. Here's something cooler: 500 kites being launched at the same time to the sound of “Let's Go Fly a Kite.” If you agree, you might be interested in the Sky Circus on Ice festival in Delavan this weekend.
Food trucks are so trendy in larger cities that the Food Network devotes entire TV shows to them. But in Janesville, a local food truck owner faces a tangle of city ordinances, which is too bad, restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno writes. South Padre Streetfood is the real deal.
This winter has been hard on newspaper carriers, and it also has brought out critics. Are they being fair? Newspaper carrier Dave Salas doesn't think so. Opinion Editor Greg Peck recently talked with Salas to find out what life is like for a newspaper carrier.
You'll see green vegetation growing in this video, but unfortunately, it's not a sign of spring, community blogger Glen Loyd writes. Instead, it's warm water bubbling up through the ground at Spring Brook Creek.